San Diego is a great place full of art and culture, where visitors can enjoy the art of both the past and present. Two of San Diego’s best places to visit are:
Museum of Contemporary Art La Jolla (MCASD)
700 Prospect Street
La Jolla, California
Hours 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Thurs. through Tuesday
11:00 am – 7:00 pm Third Thursday of every month
The Museum is closed every Wednesday
Admission – $10 General; $5.00 Military/Seniors; Students 26 & over (with ID) and also 25 and under free (with ID)
Exhibits include, Jennifer Steinkamp: Madame Curie; Raul Cordero: Hendrickje; Joan Jonas: The Shape, The Scent, The Feel of Things. MCASD La Jolla also has many different programs going on during the year, Lecture and Book Signing by Blaynery Colmore, Open House: Free Third Thursday Evenings in February, MCASD By Design: Jean-Philippe Vassal and Gilles Clement in March.
MCASD’s art collection found in the La Jolla location contains 4,000 works created after 1950, many representing media and genres such as painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, video and installation. Known for their collections of works by promising and emerging artists, as well as, mid-career artists MCASD is a great place to spend an afternoon.
The MCASD actually has two locations one in La Jolla, and one in Downtown San Diego. Either of these locations will provide patrons with a wonderful array of art pieces, and an experience to share with others. The museums are set so that the visitors comfort is foremost in its design. Seating areas and places where small groups or couples can actually view and discuss the art are found throughout the museum.
A visit to the gift shop will also give patrons the ability to take home something from the MCASD and bring back fond memories for years to come.
San Diego Museum of Art
1450 El Prado
Balboa Park, San Diego
Hours 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Tues. – Saturday
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm Sunday
10:00 am – 9:00 pm Memorial through Labor Days
The San Diego Museum of Art is located in the beautiful Balboa Park District of San Diego. This location gives patrons a wonderful chance to view the architecture of the renaissance buildings found throughout this district. Patrons not only enjoy the art found within the walls of the San Diego Museum of Art but, they can enjoy stepping back into time and viewing the area around the museum.
A visit to the gift shop will provide patrons with great gifts for friends and family who were unable to enjoy the beauty and grace of this world known museum. The exhibits are set in splendid arrangements allowing viewers the ability to enjoy each and every piece of art for as long as they wish. Seating is available to rest periodically throughout the museum, and enjoy those special pieces of art. The San Diego Museum of Art currently has on exhibit, Howard Hodgkin, Personal Pathways, Thomas Gainsborough and a new Southern Asian and Persian Art Gallery to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the Edwin Binney 3rd Collection of South Asia. Mannered Bodies: European Prints of the Late Renaissance; and the Art of the 20th Century: A Modern Art Reinstallation, to name a few of the events of this year upcoming season.
Visitors to the San Diego Museum of Art must take a moment to view some special pieces on display; Portrait of Mrs. Robert Henri by Robert Henri, The Hands of Dr. Moore by Diago Rivera, Portrait of James Carroll Beckwith by Thomas Eakins, The Marques de Sufraga by Francisco de Goya. Just to mention a few of the great art pieces available for viewing.
San Diego has many art museums and shows throughout the year other museums in the San Diego area are:
Timken Museum of Art www.timeken museum.org
Museum of Photographic Arts www.mopa.org